24 Mar 2011
Jon Heyman is reporting that the Yankees are close to signing Kevin Millwood to “an incentive-laden” minor league contract.
I can’t get too upset because it is a minor league deal, which means no harm is done if he doesn’t leave the minor leagues, but the idea that someone thinks Millwood could help scares me. The Yankees should have seen enough of him last year when he went 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA in Baltimore to know better.
Now I imagine the Yankee decision makes would point to his .320 BABIP last year and compare it to the .275 he had in 2009 when he put up a 3.67 ERA with roughly the same peripheral stats as evidence he could bounce back. But, he is also 35, threw 85-mph in his tryout last week and gave up more flyballs in ’10 than ’09. Signs point to this move failing in spectacular fashion.
This move is certainly not a vote of confidence for guys like Garcia and Colon. I can certainly understand that, but it would be nice if the Yankees showed some more confidence in guys like Phelps, Warren and Noesi, who will be left in Scranton if Millwood gets a shot with the big club.